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Public Domain #3

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 3 critic ratings.

Big things happen! Featuring the fan-favorite new character “Dee” Donovan! That’s her on the cover! I think I have a thing for powerful women. It has a lot to do with stuff that happened to me as a child. I don’t really want to get into it here!!

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Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
24 pages
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3 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Comic Watch

    Three issues in, and Zdarsky has already thrown a paradigm shift into Public Domain. Its an excellent bit of writing that leaves on an arresting cliffhanger that promises plenty of drama, and depending on a readers outlook, a possible happy or tragic ending. That stroke of genius writing, elevated by stunning art and innovative coloring, reminds anyone reading that Zdarsky is a tour-de-force. Public Domain should already be on every comic fans pull list, but if it isnt, theres still time to catch up before the next upsetting real-world event that further justifies the core ethos of this series.
  • 80

    Public Domain #3 really begins to dig into how its central middle-class family handles money, and those specific problems, whether they have to do with insubordination or far more significant struggles with addiction, provide a lot of useful insight into the proceedings. There are outright hilarious gags related to tattooing that help to balance the darkness introduced via some enforcers, and Zdarsky walks the line between comedy and drama gracefully – laughs come between the sighs and tears much as they do in life. What's most striking in issue #3, however, is how it reframes the future of the story. Readers familiar with relevant history may be expecting a great deal of courtroom drama, negotiations, and old feuds resurfacing. Those elements may still be in play, but Zdarsky utilizes the realm of fiction to wisely chart a new course through these elements of inspiration and to go somewhere unimaginable in reality while leaving this story grounded. It's an impressive maneuver and should leave readers eager to see where things go in Public Domain #4.
  • 75


    This series has quickly morphed from a look into the publishing industry and our superhero-obsessed culture into a family drama. While storytelling shifts are necessary to keep tales interesting, this change seems to be pointing the series in the wrong direction.

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